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Lifestory, becoming me Answered

This looks appropriate place to write this post, so here it goes.

Yesterday I got this sudden urge to share my love and all the positive feelings with the Instructables crew, telling how the Instructables has had this huge part in my life, in me becoming who I am now.

They suggested me, that I should write my story here in forum, that it might inspire someone.

Usually I'm a very shy person, but let's give it a try anyway, who knows, maybe it does inspire someone.

I was a difficult child. Not like girls usually should be, I liked to see how things worked, and even that wasn't enough for me, I wanted to try how they worked. Since I got old enough to hold a screwdriver I used it where ever I could, seeing what's inside. When I got older, for everyone's relief, I even managed to put them back together most of the times. I was a real pain, I toke apart all my toys and build my own stuff from them. Needles to say, I didn't get too much expencive and neat toys back then because of that ;)

Years went by, and because I still was just a girl, nobody toke me seriously. Girls don't do stuff like that. So nobody teached ne anything. If I just would had had internet back then.. *sigh*

Then, one day it happened, I found Instructables.

At firs I was so frustrated, I knew nothing, I understand nothing, this place was full of stuff I wanted to make! A bit by bit I learned more and more. At that point, my husband, who neither toke me seriously, started to help me with stuff. I still need his help time to time, but less all the time, and in those points it's mostly when I can't calculate resistors or I just don't know all the components.. BTW, I call microcontrollers still 'centipede's and I have lots of my own names for components, that I use when I cant remember the right names. Worst part for him is that I want to make my own changes to everything, really, everything, and he says that he doesn't understand enough. I have been trying to tell him, that I just tell what I have been thinking, how I want it to work, how I have designed the changes and stuff and he tells me the correct components, like '...and then I put a relay here, do we have any that I could use?' 'Yeah, sure, in that box over there, just bring it here, oh, btw, you'll be needing a resistor there...'

But now I'm losing my tracks. Back to the story.

In time I got enough courage to say, that I would like to study and be an engineer. It was really really scary thing, but I got.. weeeeeelllll, actually I got almost no support at all. Most of the people I know, asked me that am I mad, I can't be serious.. But nevertheless I got to school. Polytechnics. Mechanics. Scary, just two girls in my class. Not much more in the whole mechs.

Now it's my 2nd year going. I have even higher goals. I found the most comforting place in the whole school, automation and robotics class and lab. And I and everyone else found out, that I'm a natural with that stuff. I have won over my robotics and automation teachers, they are fully supporting me, even so much, that the school just sold me school's old industrial robotic arm((YAY!)). My teachers told me, that this is how they know it's going to have the best home, and someone who has a real passion for it, has it. They are, and not just them, many other teachers as well, supporting me in my goal to go to university to study mechatronics after this school.

I have found my place in this world. First time in my life I feel like I'm in some place I belong to. I feel happiness. I feel serenity.

And a huge huge part of all this is that I got to know this wonderfull place called Instructables. Helpfull people, easy to follow instructions, nobody even knows, or cares, that there's a girl, ohmygod, here building stuff that I'm not suppoused to build, since I'm a girl, ohmygod ;) This has helped me so much with my school, and my school is helping me so much with building stuff I want to do and make all the neat stuff I find here and every place else.

So here comes my warm 'thank you' for each and everyone of you, who make this place so great.

Thank you.

I don't know how unhappy I would be now if I wouldn't had found you. ;)

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DarkSelenia
DarkSelenia

9 years ago

Well, not too much too interresting things have happened in that part of my life lately, I have been putting aside engineer-Sonja and played hard the mother-Sonja role. I have fought hard, forced my city to create new class for my son, who has asperger ((one type of autism)), since my hometown has told me too many years they don't have quite right class of right kind of personnel for my son or any other child like that.. All that has forced me to have a leave from my school last winter, it was totally impossible me to be in my school and in all kind of meetings and doctors and stuff in the same time. I've had quite a chaotic time lately, I even had to go to police and report my son's schools principal and all, so late this summer I decided to have a leave from school next winter and just get my life back to it's tracks again :)

Well, I DID have a summer job designing our new automation lab, our school moved, and I also organized that move and our new lab, and I'm very very proud of that. And I have had very much positive feedback, everyone have liked the lab alot.

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lebowski
lebowski

9 years ago

How are things going now? How about an update to your story?

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

11 years ago

I think it's really cool that you're doing what you want, even if you didn't get support in the beginning. 

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bumpus
bumpus

11 years ago

Hello.
:-)